bootleg

noun
boot·leg | \ ˈbüt-ˌleg , -ˌlāg \

Definition of bootleg 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the upper part of a boot

2 : something bootlegged: such as

a : moonshine

b : an unauthorized audio or video recording

3 : a football play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, hides the ball against his hip, and rolls out — compare draw entry 2 sense 8

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging; bootlegs

Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to carry (alcoholic liquor) on one's person illegally

b : to manufacture, sell, or transport for sale (alcoholic liquor) illegally

2a : to produce, reproduce, or distribute illicitly or without authorization

b : smuggle

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in bootlegging

2 : to run a bootleg play in football

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Other words from bootleg

Noun

bootleg adjective

Verb

bootlegger noun

Synonyms for bootleg

Synonyms: Noun

moonshine, white lightning

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Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

Noun

She was arrested for selling bootlegs online. getting caught with bootleg during Prohibition could have resulted in a jail sentence

Verb

He bootlegged the show and gave copies to several friends.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tarnished Truth Distilling Company makes bourbon, rye and vodka at the 85-room grand hotel and supplies its spirits to hotel bars, including the Hunt Room, which was said to serve bootleg drinks during Prohibition. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Your Next Hotel May Have an Attached Brewery or Distillery," 18 June 2018 Neither paper reviewed Led Zeppelin's performance, but there's a purported bootleg recording of it on YouTube. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In its first years, Summerfest had its rock-fest rivals. One of them even booked Led Zeppelin.," 2 July 2018 Still, people make the more powerful mortars in their homes by ordering the material, putting them together with a glue gun and selling them in bootleg markets, Heckman said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "As more fireworks find their way into public's hands, catastrophic injuries on the rise," 2 July 2018 This guy had found a bootleg copy of Car Wheels, an unreleased version. Jason Scott, Billboard, "'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road' Turns 20: Lucinda Williams & Producer Steve Earle Reflect on Her Masterpiece," 30 June 2018 But bootlegs helped us in our quest to piece together more of an artist’s career and showed ourselves and each other our commitment. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 His greatest attribute is his ability to throw on the move, both by design (rollouts, bootlegs) and improvisation. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The Keys to Trubisky’s Potential," 6 June 2018 Los Angeles police confiscated $700,000 worth of bootleg cosmetics containing animal feces, bacteria and human waste on Thursday. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Bootleg makeup contained animal feces, human waste, Los Angeles police say," 14 Apr. 2018 In this Monday, April 9, 2018, photo, family move the body of a victim who died from drinking poisonous bootleg liquor at a hospital in Cicalengka, West Java, Indonesia. James Griffiths, CNN, "More than 80 dead from drinking bootleg alcohol in Indonesia," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Newton got the linebackers and safeties to freeze on a fake to Jonathan Stewart, bootlegged to his left and dropped a pass to a wide-open Dickson, who rumbled for 57 yards before again being dragged down inside the 10. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Leave it to a teammate to point out weaknesses in Panthers TE Ed Dickson’s record day," 9 Oct. 2017 The next year in Iowa City, Long faked a handoff into the line and bootlegged around the right side untouched for a touchdown with barely any time left to lead No. Scott Dochterman, ajc, "Iowa-Michigan State: Recap, score, analysis for Week 5 game," 30 Sep. 2017 And the cartoons all look great on the app — a lot of this material is frequently bootlegged onto YouTube in inferior-looking versions. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Boomerang and Crunchyroll: Of Old Cartoons and Fresh Anime," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of bootleg

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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Dictionary Entries near bootleg

bootjack

bootlace

Bootle

bootleg

bootless

bootlick

bootman

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bootleg

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an illegal copy of a video, CD, etc., or an illegal recording of a live performance

: alcohol that is made or sold illegally

bootleg

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

: to illegally copy (a video, CD, etc.) or illegally record (a live performance)

: to make or sell (alcoholic liquor) illegally

bootleg

noun
boot·leg

Legal Definition of bootleg 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: something bootlegged

Other words from bootleg

bootleg adjective

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging

Legal Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to produce, reproduce, or distribute without authorization or license

2 : smuggle — compare pirate

intransitive verb

: to engage in bootlegging

Other words from bootleg

bootlegger noun

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